LAGOS: THE Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) will on Saturday mark 600 days to the abduction of the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls the Boko Haram sect kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State. While hope is fading by the day the minors will be rescued, BBOG has been organising gatherings to advocate for their release.
This weekend, commemorations and campaigns are scheduled for Abuja, Lagos and Osogbo. In July, the organisation marched to see President Muhammadu Buhari, who pledged to act on our concerns and suggestions.
“Almost five months later, nothing has happened,” the organisation raised concern. “Our Chibok girls will continue to represent other Nigerians who are the victims of this insurgency. We will also continue to demand of our government that Nigerian lives must matter!” On the night of April 14–15, 2014 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok.
Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organization based in northeast Nigeria, claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. In October that year, hopes were raised that the 219 remaining girls might soon be released after the Nigerian Army announced a truce between Boko Haram and government forces.
The announcement coincided with the six-month anniversary of the girls’ capture and followed a month of negotiations. Efforts to rescue the girls, despite the armed forces freeing hundreds from Boko Haram captivity, have not yielded fruit.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY